Letters to the Editor

Democracy? Think again.

In this Sept. 26, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
In this Sept. 26, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. AP

In a healthy representative democracy, politicians who represent only 1 percent of the population should represent 1 percent of Congress in Washington. This is not the case today (even in state politics, with very few exceptions). The health of a representative democracy depends on the electorate being engaged in every election, local and national, and turning out in large numbers to vote (without being turned away by politicians with a political agenda). Good/truthful information and lack of deception are critical. This is not the case today. In addition, a significant amount of the electorate lacks common sense and suffers from political ineptitude.

What we have today in this nation is a political cake made up of a mix of “capitalism” and “socialism,” with a healthy topping of oligarchy.

I never believed in the two-party system and am convinced that the future success of our “represented democracy” depends on “representation,” which can only be achieved, in my opinion, by the presence of at least a third political party.

Fabrizio Griguoli, Shell Beach

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